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Bear Psychology Podcast

Dr. Anna Baranowsky is a Canadian Clinical Psychologist, CEO of the Traumatology Institute, Founder and President of the Board at Trauma Practice. She is the author of two books on trauma, numerous courses to help train professionals in trauma mental health and the developer of the Trauma Recovery Program for Self-Guided trauma care. She works with trauma survivors and those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on post-traumatic growth and recovery.

Through her work she believes that when we share, dialogue and feel supported, it provides a powerful foundation for forward movement in our understanding and the care needed. In her own words "I have found that the most profound changes occur when a person truly feels heard and understood - I like to think of it as deeply BEARING WITNESS to life evolving. We can feel incredibly stuck when we live with our fears, stressors and troubles in isolation."

Dr.Baranowsky is the host of the Bear Psychology Show, focusing on bearing witness to Evolving Mood, Mind, Health. Her talks revolve around recovery, relationships, work and life adventures.

She is dedicated to assisting organizations and health professionals who help trauma survivors to ensure a trauma informed lens of care can grow in community health networks. With that vision in 1998, the Traumatology Institute Canada (TIC) was established. TIC has trained thousands of individuals nationally and internationally.

Dr. Baranowsky serves on the board of directors of the Academy of Traumatology and is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is recognized by The National Center for Crisis Management. She has published in the area of Post-Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and therapeutic relationships (the Silencing Response).

Copyright:  Dr. Anna Baranowsky, 2020

Jan 28, 2019

In the many relationships that you navigate in life, do you find that one is significantly tougher to manage? This could be because a partner, spouse, friend, or co-worker has a personality disorder. There could be times where you are uncertain as to whether their moral compass truly points North. The focus of this episode is a few personality disorders, namely narcissism and anti-social personality disorder (i.e. sociopathy).


A narcissist is someone who has a pervasive pattern of thriving on/stirring up conflict, showing no empathy and neglecting to validate the experiences or feelings of others. Narcissists can be emotionally explosive, exploitive and abusive when they don’t get the attention that they crave.

The first guest speaker is Ingrid from Show Boundaries, who explains the ‘Observe rather than Absorb’ approach to navigating a relationship with a narcissist. This method involves learning about the methods and techniques a narcissist will employ by observing them and my paying attention to what is happening inside of your body. In terms of dealing with them in the moment Ingrid explains the ‘Crack in the CD’ method.

Dr. Karyl McBride wrote a book about this that includes a checklist of how to tell if your partner is a Narcissist. For more information about Dr. McBride’s work you can visit her website here.

To view the checklist you can read Dr. McBride’s article in Psychology Today here

Anti-social Personality Disorder:

Along with narcissism there are pervasive signs from an individual’s childhood that display in those with anti-social personality disorder. Those who have anti-social personality disorder have a failure to conform to social norms and legal behaviour, they are impulsive and lack the ability to plan ahead, and they display a real lack of remorse for their actions.

Psychopaths vs. Sociopaths

Psychopaths and sociopaths lack empathy, do not care about social rules/behaviours, and have no remorse/guilt for their actions. While sociopaths make up 4% of the general population, psychopaths only make up 1% of the population. Psychopaths are often well-educated and have a career, and their behaviour is controlled and manipulative. This greatly differs from sociopaths who are often uneducated and unable to keep a steady job, who are spontaneous rage-a-holics

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